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I Am NEMA: Promoting Safety and Innovation

I Am NEMA: Promoting Safety and Innovation

This piece was originally published in the May 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Michael L. Belitzky, Manager, State Government Relations   I joined NEMA’s government relations team after having spent nearly 12 years entrenched in legislative and political battles at federal, state, and local levels. As manager of state government relations, my role is to serve as the industry’s advocate before legislators, governors, and agencies and engage with external Read more [...]
Codes & Standards – What Is the Correct Perspective, Part 2: Prescriptive Rules Verses Performance Rules

Codes & Standards – What Is the Correct Perspective, Part 2: Prescriptive Rules Verses Performance Rules

The ultimate goal of a code or standard is to provide a clear set of instructions for the construction, installation, and use of an electrical or alarm product. These instructions come in two different forms: prescriptive rules and performance rules. The results of these rules ensure a safe installation free of hazards to a person or property from the use of electricity. Prescriptive rules are more prevalent in the installation standards such as the National Electrical Code or the National Fire Read more [...]
Codes & Standards – What Is the Correct Perspective, Part 1: Permissive Rules Verses Prohibitive Rules?

Codes & Standards – What Is the Correct Perspective, Part 1: Permissive Rules Verses Prohibitive Rules?

A fundamental goal during the development of a code or standard is to ensure the written word is clear, concise, and easy to interpret. This is usually achieved by assembling a diverse group of interested professionals with varying perspectives that collectively work together to produce a consensus document. The process covers all bases, leaves no stone unturned, and foresees any unintended consequences or conflicts. The result is a nearly perfect document. In reality, it is impossible to predict Read more [...]
Should It Take a Disaster to Make a Change?

Should It Take a Disaster to Make a Change?

By Tony Campbell, Director of Brand Management, Dual-Lite It often takes a tragedy or the loss of life before significant changes occur in our society. Unfortunately, and in the same fashion, the development and evolution of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Life Safety Code® is attributable to some of this nation’s largest tragedies in terms of loss of life. Fires, Explosions, and Natural Disasters Building fires have played a significant role in the creation and Read more [...]
Return of Quebec’s Linguistic Roadblocks

Return of Quebec’s Linguistic Roadblocks

A resurgence of Quebec’s minority government, the Parti Québéco, has resurrected French only language restrictions to a level which has not been seen since the 1980s.  Approval organizations are advising their customers to review the wordings in their labels to comply with Canadian laws and regulations and to seek advice from Canadian legal counsel as to what language(s) is/are required for a specific product.  So far there are no reported instances of manufacturers Read more [...]
Shaheen-Portman Bill Pulled from Senate Floor

Shaheen-Portman Bill Pulled from Senate Floor

For a while there, the Senate was debating the premier energy efficiency bill, offering amendments, and displaying the bipartisan consensus there is around this legislation (S. 1392, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act).  But debate came to a stand still hours after it started, mainly over (surprise!) disgreement about which unrelated amendments should be allowed to be offered.  As the days passed, the window of opportunity began to close for now.  The Senate Read more [...]
California thermostats and new home owners

California thermostats and new home owners

In the California Building Code, dozens of proposals are being finalized for Title 24.  One of considerable interest to the NEMA Residential and Commercial Controls Section involves the requirement of a device called an Upgradeable Setback Thermostat, or UST, in new construction homes.  A UST is essentially a wireless programmable thermostat with the radio removed and a port available where a radio module may be inserted later.  The goal of this proposal, developed by CEC staff, advocates Read more [...]
IGCC may need to consider the facts of life

IGCC may need to consider the facts of life

IGCC is heading towards the final public hearings in November.  One article in particular Article 505.1.1 Service Life, raised a lot of objections during the second IGCC  public review  since it asks that all electrical products must have a design life of minimum 25 years.      NEMA proposed that the “electrical” category be removed altogether from the requirement.  While many electrical products could exceed the 25 year minimum, the product Read more [...]
Leviton response to EVSE Cord and Plug Controversy

Leviton response to EVSE Cord and Plug Controversy

In response to NEMA's eiXtra: January 11, 2011 Feature Article entitled EVSE Making Waves Across the Industries Leviton would like to clarify the comment that,  “There is some controversy surrounding the non-permanent EVSE installations right now, and whether or not they are allowable under code, but it appears that Ford is confident in Leviton's reading of the code.” Leviton Manufacturing’s Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment complies with applicable requirements Read more [...]
NEMA Lighting Division efforts bear fruit in California

NEMA Lighting Division efforts bear fruit in California

This week the State of California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved and published their Strategic Lighting Plan, which was two years in the making. NEMA staff and members participated directly in the development and drafting of the SLP from start to finish to provide the manufacturer perspective in effort to balance out the advocates and regulators, and to serve as a reality check by leveraging NEMA's extensive experience with consumer acceptance and consumer desires.  The Strategic Read more [...]